Deeside duo shine as Phoenix tie

Sunday, 30th November 2003

Manchester Phoenix tied 4-4 with the Newcastle Vipers on Saturday night in Deeside and for local prospects Marc Lovell and Dave Clancy the game saw them hit new highs in their Phoenix careers. Marc Lovell scored his first goal for the club and goaltender Dave Clancy playing in his seventh game has yet to play in a losing game for the Phoenix.

“I always look forward to playing at Deeside, “Marc commented, “and I had hoped to score in a game here for the Phoenix. To get my first goal for the club here is quite special for me. Before the game, my family just wished me luck and told me to do my best, so to score here in front of them and my friends is very special.”

Clancy remarked, “Tonight was quite tough as the guys were keen to get forward and score some goals and at times I felt a little lonely at the back. I was disappointed at the end of the first period to be losing two-nil, but I got my head together and I thought I did okay from that point on. That’s the seventh game I’ve taken part in and we’ve not lost one yet so I’m pretty happy with the way things have gone for me this is all I’ve ever wanted to do, play hockey.”

Phoenix head coach Brebant noted, “The game was a good exercise, we were able to change the lines around, give our local players a lot of ice time and Dave Clancy got another good sixty minutes under his belt in goal. We hung him out to dry a little as we looked for goals and he responded with some excellent saves. It was good for Marc Lovell to score his first goal on a nice pass from Jason Hewitt. Marc is a quiet young man who has listened and learned well. I am very pleased with his progress and his work ethic is commendable.”